Weekly Update, 19 February 2021
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March 2021

Upcoming Meeting

11 March 2021
    Subcommittee Time: 11:00am - 11:50am (EST)
    General Meeting:  12:00pm - 1:30pm (EST)

Due to Covid-19 response measures, no in-person meeting will be held in March. Please join us via video conference. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Promising/Good Practices for Migrants' Access to Services

The UN Migration Network’s Working Group on “Access to Services” is issuing a call for contributions to collect promising/good Practices for migrants’ access to services. To recall, the Working Group aims to support Member States, partners and the UN Network on Migration through providing technical guidance and expertise for the implementation and follow-up of actions as stated in objective 15, with the objective to ensure all migrants, regardless of migratory status, have equitable access to quality public services. The working group, in its current work plan, focused on education, health, housing, on-job and vocational training and other public services including water and sanitation.
In addition to the policy brief on “Enhancing Access to Services for Migrants in the Context of COVID-19 Preparedness, Prevention, and Response and Beyond“, the working group is currently developing a practical framework on Access to Services, which will introduce good/promising practices on migrants’ access to services.
With the Call for Contributions the working group invites Member States, local and regional governments, partners, civil society organization, NGOs, academia and private sector actors to share promising/good Practices for migrants’ access to services. The selected contributions (please find selection criteria here) will form the basis for the framework and contribute to the UN Migration Network Hub; the knowledge platform of the GCM Capacity Building Mechanism.  
Please share your practice by using the template in the document (click hereuntil 22 Feb 2021 with Kanokporn KAOJAROEN, Stephanie LOOSE, and Abdel Rahmane DIOP


CMS Launches New Climate-Induced Migration Webpage

The Center for Migration Studies' new Climate-Induced Migration webpage explores the connection between climate change and migration, provides analysis of international efforts to address climate-induced migration, and shares policy ideas that address the challenges of communities most affected by environmental degradation. The webpage includes: 
  • A new mapping study, outlining the relationship between climate change and human movement, relevant UN, governmental, and NGO processes, and normative frameworks for protecting displaced persons impacted by climate change.
  • Academic articles from the International Migration Review and the Journal on Migration and Human Security.
  • Two CMSOnAir podcasts addressing climate change and protection for displaced persons.
To Visit the webpage, click here.

CMS Introduces New Webpage on President Biden's Executive Actions on Immigration

A new webpage from the Center for Migration Studies summarizes recent actions of the  Biden administration.

On his first day in office, President Biden issued a number of orders, proclamations, and directives that reversed policies enacted by the Trump administration and sought to put the US immigration system on a far different course. These executive actions: 
  • Ended the discriminatory travel bans;
  • Revised US immigration enforcement priorities
  • Protected Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients; 
  • Temporarily halted construction of the US-Mexico Border Wall;
  • Ensured that all US-residents, including undocumented immigrants, are counted in the 2020 Census; and
  • Reinstated Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians.
President Biden has since issued several additional Executive Orders (EOs), which:
  • Created a task force to reunify separated migrant families;
  • Require federal agencies to review the Trump administration’s actions related to immigration;
  • Provide for safe and orderly processing of asylum applications at the border;
  • Call for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State (DOS) to rebuild and strengthen the US Refugee Admissions Program.
Biden’s administrative actions will reshape the US immigration system and federal agencies after four years of aggressive actions to restrict immigration.

For analysis of each executive order, directive, and proclamation, please visit:

Open Letter to States on Universal Access to Covid-19 Vaccines

In an open letter on universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) and other NGO consortia, along with the Civil Society Action Committee, are calling on States to ensure that all people worldwide, without distinction of any kind, have access to an effective COVID-19 vaccine in a timely manner.

The letter, sent on February 8, 2021 and addressed to the Permanent Missions in Geneva and to the United Nations Secretary General Office, focuses on universal access to COVID-19 vaccine and calls upon States to  
  • Step up multilateral efforts and lead a truly global response to the pandemic. 
  • Develop a global allocation framework that puts humanity at the center;  prioritizing those at higher risk of infection and/or developing serious disease. 
  • Strengthen the collaboration between States, pharmaceutical companies and all other private actors in the supply and production chain to rapidly step up the production of vaccines’ and at a price affordable for all. 

Read and share the open letter.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Seeking NGOs Providing Direct Services to Migrant Families/Children in Corona/Elmhurst Queens

The NGO CoM Subcommittee on Migrant and Refugee Children is working on a project to elevate the voices of migrant and refugee children, highlighting the importance of Early Childhood Education and Care.

As part of this initiative, we are seeking contacts with NGOs that provide direct services to the migrant community in the Corona/Elmhurst section of Queens, a neighborhood with the largest share of immigrant households of any community district in NYC and the United States.

If your NGO is a service provider to migrant families/children in Corona/Elmhurst we would greatly appreciate it if you would contact Maria Pia Belloni at or Jane McCall Politi at to explore the possibility of collaborating on this project.


Survey on Migrant and Refugee Victims of Xenophobia and Intolerance in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The NGO Committee on Migration is requesting responses to a survey prepared by the Subcommittee on Xenophobia and Social Inclusion to assess the impact COVID-19 has had on the migrant population in relation to xenophobia and social exclusion.

The survey is available here in 
EnglishSpanish, and French. Please send it out as widely as possible through your networks.

We are seeking replies from NGOs, academia, civil society institutions and United Nations entities in order to obtain as comprehensive data as possible on this essential grassroots work. Please consult the linked survey for an account of how we plan to use the data and publish the results.   

Thank you for taking the time to respond. If you have any further questions, please contact

Renew your CoM Membership & Join a Subcommittee!

NGO CoMWe are continuing the process of collecting annual membership dues and convening subcommittees.

The NGO Committee on Migration organizes many of its activities through member participation in the following four subcommittees:

  • Environment / Climate-Induced Displacement
  • Migrant & Refugee Children
  • Migrants in Situations of Vulnerability / Mixed Migration
  • Xenophobia & Social Inclusion
By formally joining a subcommittee, you will be able to receive a link to access the online subcommittee gatherings, which precede the general portion of each Member Meeting.

Click here to renew your CoM membership and here to join one of the four subcommittees listed above!


Multi-Stakeholder Initiative: It Takes a Community

The GFMD Working Group on Public Narratives on Migration developed a collaborative campaign that aims to shift the narrative on migration by sharing stories about the positive impact migration can have on communities worldwide.

It Takes A Community is about celebrating how all people, regardless of where they are born, contribute to making our communities feel like home. By highlighting how migrants and their fellow community members are working together to make the places where they live and work more productive, innovative, caring, safe and welcoming, we can challenge misinformation about migration and build more inclusive communities. Help us show how migration enriches communities by sharing stories of your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and classmates from around the world who are making your community a better place.

The campaign’s soft launch took place on 18 December 2020, and now it's our turn to participate in the campaign’s implementation throughout 2021. 

Find out how you can be a part of the #ItTakesACommunity campaign by clicking here.


Endorse NGO CoM Letter to the US Mission on Climate Displacement


The NGO Committee on Migration is requesting signatures, from member organizations, on a letter to the US Mission addressing climate displacement.

The letter serves as an introduction to our committee, encourages US leadership and action in the interrelated areas of environment and human mobility, and invites collaboration and partnership between the NGO Committee on Migration and the US government in the term ahead.

We are aiming to secure as many member organization endorsements as possible. Interested members of the NGO Committee on Migration may sign on by completing the online form.

Click here to read the letter and click here to sign on.

19 February: Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. Discussing the New Immigration Agenda. 12:00pm-1:00pm (EST) *Details & Register

22 February: Church World Service and Migration Policy Institute. The Future of Refugee Resettlement & Complimentary Pathways: Strengthening Strategic & Sustainable Solutions for Refugees. Zoom event. 10:00am (EST) *Details *Register

23 February: Civil Society Action Committee. "GCM Objective 22: Establish mechanisms for the portability of social security entitlements and earned benefits." 7:00am-9:00am (EST) *Details

23 February: GCM Multi-Stakeholder Consultation in the Arab Region. Virtual. 3:00am-8:00am (EST). *Details *Register

24-25 February: GCM Regional Review Conference for the Arab States. Virtual. 3:00am-9:00am (EST) *Details *Register

25 February: UNHCR. Parliamentary Action to End Statelessness by 2024. Webinar 8:00am-9:30am (EST). *Details & Register

1 March: Women in Migration Network and Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung. Launch of new report, No Borders to Equality. 10:00am (EST). *Details & Register

2 March: Civil Society Action Committee. "GCM Objective 23: Strengthen international cooperation and global partnerships for safe, orderly, and regular migration." 7:00am-9:00am (EST). *Details

See our DIGITAL CALENDAR for a complete record of upcoming migration events with all relevant details! To get automatic CoM calendar updates in your personal Google calendar, open the link above and click on the Google logo in the bottom-right corner.


United Nations Network on Migration. Report of Global Online Peer Learning Exchange: How to sustain and expand the use of alternatives to immigration detention in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic? *PDF *Annex

Oxfam International. A Different Perspective: A compendium of perceptions of migration in Spain and recommendations for a narrative change. *PDF

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2020. *Website *PDF

Center for Migration Studies. What We Know About Climate Change and Migration. *Website *PDF

Refugees International. At a Climate Change Crossroads: How a Biden-Harris Administration Can Support and Protect Communities Displaced by Climate Change. *Website *PDF

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. A Guide to President Biden's Executive Orders, Proclamations & Agency Announcements on Immigration. *PDF (English, Spanish)

United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs. International Migration 2020 Highlights. *Website *PDF *Brief *YouTube

Migration Policy Institute. "Critical Migration Governance Issues in a Changed World." Collection of reports. *Website



Migration Policy Institute. What Comes Next Now that Columbia has Taken Historic Step on Migration?

NPR. The Harrowing Journeys to Safety of Asylum-Seekers During a Pandemic.

American Journal of Public Health. Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Immigration Detention Centers Requires the Release of Detainees.

UN News. Migrating online: The digital tools preparing refugees and migrants with an economic lifeline.

New York Times. Turned Back by Italy, Migrants Face Perilous Winter in Balkans.



***Visit the CoM website for additional resources***

Renew Your CoM Membership! 

The membership renewal form for the September 2020-August 2021 term is available here. Please submit it with dues of $40 for this year to keep your organization in good standing!

Submit Your Member Profile!
Tell us how the CoM can best leverage your skills, passion, and expertise by submitting a Member Profile Form. Just one form is needed per organization, so if your NGO has not already submitted a form, please complete and send one to: as soon as possible.

Have notes or summaries from any migration-related events?
Send them to the Executive Committee or upload them directly to the "Events" folder of the CoM Work Hub!

Have a story of migration or work with migrants in the field?
Send them to the Executive Committee for consideration as an addition to the collection on our "Member and Migrant Voices" web page!


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